We got him. It was easy. A perfectly discreet extraction. He made it easy for us, living in that ridiculous house. We'd been watching him for the past year. Ever since he applied for the grant. We followed him on his move down to San Francisco and it was easy to set up surveillance in that house of his.
All the new builds are plastiment - and they usually come with an option for debugging. We would have gotten in just the same, only not quite so easy. But this was, as they say, a piece of cake. We could have picked him up on the road, but we needed those last pieces of intel he kept locked away at home. So we waited until he was ready.
Then they always foolishly turn off their dogbot at night. We had overheard them debating this issue. He wanted to save the batteries and she didn't like being woken up by the dog barking every time a pinecone fell on the roof. So smart and yet so stupid.
He works late often, had to, he was close to finishing his designs, but he always came home to check his data. He kept his intel at home; he didn't want anyone in the University knowing what he knew, so he kept it in a secure PC in the house.
His wife is usually asleep when he comes home late, but she always wakes up and they chat a bit and watch some streams before going to bed. Then he gets up before she does, takes a look through his files, checks that its all there, and heads back to campus with the sunrise. We picked him up last night when he had just sat down at his work station. All we had to do was drop by with our Steletto.
We had already reprogrammed his window locks, so getting in was not a problem, and used our "Silence is Golden" femmebot to make the extraction. Not even the dogbot detected her. A tranquilliser dart and sturdy net and out the window and into the Steletto - and now we have him all to ourselves. Max and his data and designs, and no one is the wiser.